Exclusive Spin: Blithe — Murmur

Exclusive Spin / News / Special Features / July 6, 2015

San Antonio’s Blithe kicks off “Murmur” like a less-than well-oiled industrial mess. The drums smack as a fuzz-choked bassline grips speakers in a vice-like hold dripping wet with noise. The quintet pervades the same sonic ground as a young Trent Reznor might, assuring the listener that their affected, booming heart — one linked up to mean, chiming synth ripples and equally anguished guitars — isn’t a strong one. Perhaps this is because the confidence which pummels through this track isn’t due to any vocal thrust in a positive direction. It’s in how intelligently Blithe’s post-punk shrapnel smarts in one’s ears after the song’s near-three minutes have elapsed.

“Murmur” comes from Blithe’s forthcoming debut, False Sense of Entitlement, which will be released July 28th via Texas is Funny Records. You can pre-order the digital or CD release here.

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James Cassar
James Cassar is Modern Vinyl's Managing News Editor and a co-host of The Modern Vinyl Podcast. He is also an artist manager, co-owner of the record label Near Mint, and can be found in bed before 9 p.m. James lives in Philadelphia and no, he won't check out your band if you add him on Facebook.

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